All Styrofoam products will be banned in St. Vincent from May 1st, 2017.
The announcement was made by the Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in an effort to lower the cost of environmentally positive substitutes for plastics, including Styrofoam, and reduce the effects that plastics have on our environment. Taxes on biodegradable packaging and food containers will be removed.
Styrofoam products are made with petroleum, a non-sustainable and heavily polluting resource. Styrofoam is made from the plastic polystyrene, which is based on building blocks called styrene monomers. When you drink your steaming cup of coffee or chicken and rice out of a Styrofoam plate, you also take in doses of chemicals that leach from it.
Here’s a list of cities in US that have completely or partially bannedStyrofoam;
New York City Takoma Park, MD Seattle, Washington Washington DC Miami Beach, FL Freeport, Maine Portland, Maine Nantucket, Massachusetts Minneapolis, Minnesota Portland, Oregon Los Angeles Country and St. Francisco
No more picking up of styrofoam trash at our beaches.